Extrovert People

How do you deal with extrovert people in the work place? At work there have been many people leaving the company which has left several duties needing to be filled. Which leaves me filling in since my position is a little more flexible. One of the people I have to work with is a extrovert guy which I would say is gay. He is the type of extrovert guy that has way to much extrovert energy or a big personality. For me it becoming annonying. Like I can pass him by cause his cubical is in between where I need to go sometimes. He will say later when he see me, like you didn’t say “hi”. Me, am thinking like chill out dude. Another thing he does which is starting to get on my nerves is this. There are people who like to take their lunch break, eat and then maybe read a book or just surf the net on their phone. There are time I don’t feel like talking, I tell people how are you, how their day, short and brief. He is chatting and having lunch with 8 other people, but when they are done, he will like come over to my table to try to start a conversation with me awhile am reading. Am use my phone when I am reading. Me am a common sense type of person, if I see someone focus on their phone or reading a book, I know they don’t want to be disturb. I respect that they want to be left alone. I feel like this guy thinks he is the center of the universe and need to interrupt people “my time” or needs to make people feel like he special. Like not saying “Hi” to him. I really not sure to tell him, he need to chill out or just go let it go and deal with it. I really would hate having to now take my lunch as my desk just cause this guy will just keeping interrupting my reading or whatever I may be doing.

Transitioning Back to normal

It been a year and two months, give or take since this pandemic started. Here in south Texas we are begin to see a transition into normalcy. Finally we are coming out at the end of this dark tunnel. I know in other cites and countries it may not be the same story, but hopefully this give hope. Mask are coming off even though there still debate on that. Should they be wearing them when in public?

At work, this past week it was decided that mask would now be optional and up to each individual. Even the building that the company in housed at, lifted their mask rule and abandon the social distancing rules. Meaning, now more than two people can now get on the evaluator at the same time. I still wear mine and other people I know still wear their. I wear mine just cause we are in an office building and some building aren’t well vented and might not have a good enough air circulation. Beside with things transitioning back to normal, the company has decide to slowly bring back people working from home. Of course this will be done in stages, but for the past few days preparations are underway. Such preparation are arranging people who are currently working in the office and placing them closer to their department or teams. My department was move to another floor in the building cause we are a small team. Social distancing protocols are no longer in effect so the break room people may now sit together.

Just to give some stats from the last two COVID-19 briefing related my home city. As of May 28, 2021 there were only 138 new cases of covid-19 reported along with 2 deaths. As of May 27, 2021 1 million + first dose vaccines were administrated in the county

Covid-Weather

It been awhile since I lasted posted.  Hope where ever you may be reading this that you are doing well physically and mentally. If you are struggling mentally, please close the web browser and seek help.  Your well being is much more important then reading my blog.  I think in some parts of the world COVID-19 still has it grip in some countries.  Here in south Texas thing are transitioning to normal. More about that in my next post.  What isn’t normal is the weather we’ve been having for these past few months. Could we be experiencing a covid-19 weather effect?  Remember at the beginning of COVID-19 there were reports of the effects that lock down had on the environment.  Since people were sheltered in place and not using their cars and traveling was halt, the air quality change, the smog clear out.  Well is that effecting our weather?  Some would say global warming, but I would say it COVID-19 effect.  Here in Texas we had the bad wintering weather, where we experience multiple days of below freezing temperatures and snow fall.  Very unlike in south Texas. Check out my post, south texas vs old man winter. For the month of May and last week of April we have had constant  rain fall just about every weekend.  Not to mention a few days of hail. It been raining so much it difficult to cut the yard.  If you were lucky to cut it, the next day it would rain and you end up having to cut it again and repeat! As am typing this post, it is currently raining.  Here in south Texas we usually have our spring rain in April and few showers in May, but never where it would rain every week or weekend.  Is this the result of COVID-19 lockdowns.  Is it effecting the weather?  How has the weather been in your area?

May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021, just strange that we are already in the month of May.  Even stranger is a year ago the month of May was different then it is today.   Last year, around this time we were still reacting to this pandemic. Society was shutting down.  We still didn’t know what we were dealing with or how to treat it.   Reflecting back, I felt that we would never move forward.  Time was at a stand still and we would still be trying to figure out how to defect this virus.  Today society is moving out of this dark cloud that hover over us for awhile.  With the development of these vaccine, society is returning to normal. Kids are returning to school, there a lot more traffic as people begin to eat out and move about.  In other parts of the globe, people are still facing death that this virus brings.  Cities and town are still in lock downs. Hopefully the rest of world will start sending resources in helping those countries, cities and towns this virus still has a tight grip on.

Covid-19 pandemic Journal

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Another journal full. This is my Covid-19 pandemic journal that I started last year in March. Have a lot of written entries and few art work here and there. I would say this journal kept me mentally in check and from going crazy. Not being able to interact with people and being stuck at home the majority of the time. It will be interest to look back at this journal in a year or two from now and read what I wrote down.

The one thing I wish I could have done with my journal is add newspaper clippings. I remember asking a family member if they could buy me the newspaper because of the launch of space X in May 2020. I wanted it just to haven cause it now part of history. Every store they went to didn’t sale the newspaper. That the sad part about everything being online and something the younger generation are missing. Clipping newspaper articles of important events. I old newspapers of 9/11, the begin of the gulf war in the 90s.

Did you keep a journal during the covid19?

Receiving Gratitude

Receiving Gratitude! About two week ago I received my stimulus checks from Uncle Sam or from China Biden. Many Americans did and if they have children received a bigger stimulus check. That weekend, Saturday, my mom and I went to the grocery store to buy food for the week and my lunch for work. Of course I also buy my dog her dog food and doggy treats. My mom and I routine when buying grocery is we go half and half on paying. Other times, I’ll pay for it all, now that am working full-time, I can help out a little more financially. So we go to the store on Saturday and ended up not getting everything we needed cause it was crowded with people. Most likely people who received their stimulus check, buying their grocery. The next day we head to another grocery store and got the rest of the groceries we need it and headed to the check out line. Am at the check out counter waiting for the cashier to finish scanning our groceries. My mom and I see the total and I say we just go half and half. She gave her half in cash and I would pay my half with my debt card. Awhile we are doing this there a young lady, maybe in her late 20 with a little boy behind us. As am about to pay my half the cashier tell me and points to the young lady saying, she wants to pay for your groceries. The cashier hands back me the cash my mom gave for her half. I tell me mom what going on and the young lady want to pay. We tell the young lady, “that not necessary, we are fine.” “We always go half and half on groceries.” She insist that she wants to pay for our groceries. From the time we got in line to check out till our interaction with the cashier, we made no actions that would give any idea that we were poor, we didn’t tell the cashier we aren’t taking these items, we didn’t have coupons or food stamps. I believe that one time someone help this young lady by paying for her grocery and now that she had enough money, she wanted to return to the favor to someone else. Who knows, but my mom and i accepted her generous offer in paying for our groceries.

Somewhere in the middle

In 3 months, I will reach 1 year working at my job. That will be and at the moment is the longest I’ve ever worked for a company. All of my previous jobs have been short term, temporary jobs. Something I’ve started to realize and maybe am just over thinking it, is where do I fit in and interact with the people(co-workers) I work with and all the other people I see daily. Am stuck in the middle between two different age group of people. Those who are young, just finish college and then those who are older, married etc. It not something that bugs me, but it something I’ve become self aware. My previous jobs, I’ve had co-workers who were older or younger. Never been stuck in between both, so now am trying to adjust. Adjusting how to act, how to speak when you are dealing with younger and older people. Having conversation and what you should and shouldn’t bring up in conversation. A conversation you might have with a younger person is not the same conversation you would have with a older person. Unless it about politics or sports etc. Well, I continue on with my job duties and observer and listen to what going around me.

Well hope all of you are doing well mentally and physically with this pandemic. Can’t believe it been 1 year already. Take Care:)

South Texas VS Old Man Winter

In Texas we are still facing a pandemic, COVID-19, but here in South Texas we are now facing the wrath of Old man Winter. Well the whole states is. Starting Friday, February 12 temperatures have dropped and dropped below freezing. Yes, we do see our seasonal half day freeze just about every year, maybe skip a year sometime, but to stay below freezing for longer then a day, that not something most of us are prepared for. Waking up Saturday I think we were just hovering above freezing until the late evening hours. We had some rain and early Sunday morning that rain with temperature falling below freezing cause iceing conditions on freeways. The freeway near my neighborhood, people where evacuated from the cars cause they lost control. Their car left on the overpass until conditions improve to move them. Sunday we were just at freezing until the evening hours when the temperatures drop in the 20s. Around 10pm, old man winter, brought us snow. In South Texas, it doesn’t snow that often, so it a big big deal. Most kids here don’t experience snow unless they go somewhere where it happen so often. The last time it snowed here was three years ago, December 7, 2017. It wasn’t a lot but enough to cover the ground. So on Sunday night from 10pm to 4am Monday morning, it was snowing. The snow was falling fast and it was cold. Nothing compared to what happen here in 2017. We haven’t seen weather like this since 1985 which was the last time we saw a heavy snow fall. I was like 4 years old at the time and still remember it. Monday morning everything was cover with snow and with the sun out, we were able to defrost. I actually did my first, shovel snow off the side walk since it was cover with snow and ice below it. With this wintery weather, it been tough on the power grid, so many people have experience power outage. People having to bundled up cause they had no electrical to run their heaters. I lost power today for about 8 hours only to come back on for me to start typing this post. My family and I were getting our self ready to sleep with no heat until the power came on. I feel lucky cause other people have gone without power for a day, maybe more and some don’t have running water either. Monday evening, all that snow that melted, refroze with temperature dropping again below freeezing. Grocery stores closed early on Monday and Tuesday, today, open later in the day. Just like last year when this pandemic started, there were long lines of people. Longer then what I saw last year when the pandemic was beginning.

As for work, well I didn’t have to report in on Monday nor Today. As of now I don’t have to report in until further notice. At this moment the weather forecast for tonight is freezing raining and another chance of freezing rain with snow Thursday evening. It won’t be until this weekend when temperature will climb into the 60s with sunshine that we can defrost and warm up. I can say we will still be feeling the after effect of old man winter wrath such as water pipes breaking cause by them freezing.

NOTE: I was type this post Tuesday night after our power came back on.  Three hours later, it went off.  So we were without power through out the night until 5am Wednesday morning. That change when the power went out again around 8:15am. It came on again around 1pm, so who knows how long will have power for the rest of the day into the evening.

Working 8 months during a pandemic

At the end of February, I will reach my 8th month working at my job during this pandemic. It been an interesting ride working during this pandemic. Having to wear face mask awhile am in the building or having to walk through the office to talk with co-workers or other people in other departments. There are still a lot of people I haven’t met since the company has people working from home, but they have hired several new people who are working from the office. Lunch is an interesting time since the break room has 9 tables, but only one chair for each table. The company is follow the guide lines of social distancing, so now during lunch the few who eat there look as if their in a detention class. Most people eat at their desk which I don’t know how people can do that. I just need to get away from my work and enjoy my lunch. Just able to walk and stretch a little and not seeing all the work I still need to do. Speaking of my work, I handle a lot of paper work that I review, make small correction if needed, review the information on the data base that it matches what on the paper. If something is incorrect on the database I correct. Then I scan it, and enter into another data base where I also review the information previous entered. In addition, I enter in other information. There are certain paper work that I can’t correct for example, forgotten signatures or wrong person signed or incorrect/unreadable personal information, that where I have to send the paper work back to the department who worked on it and communicated with the client who filled it out. That basically my day and every now and then I be ask to do something different. It kind of boring, but for now it a job and until the job market pick-up I’ll be there for awhile.

Six years of Blogging on WordPress

It was the beginning of 2015 when I started this blog, Staying the Course. I was unemployed at the time and already keeping a film photography blog. I started this blog to practice writing, to put my thoughts into words and not just keep them in my head. Also just to blog about my experience of searching for employment with little work experience. Maybe to connect with others who have similar experience in searching for employment. That goal is accomplish, am working full-time.

Fast forward till today, I have learned that I enjoy blogging.  My blog isn’t a hit when it come to followers, just about 245 followers. Just the small cyber-interaction you can have with people you never met, even if it just 2 people, who live in another state, city or on the other side of the global is satisfying. As for content and writing, am sure I could do better.  I don’t know if my writing has improve since I first started blog, but I do my best that am writing to the highest standard possible.  Re-reading what I write and re-reading it again and again before hitting the publish button.  Sometimes I wonder if am making any sense with my words, but so far no one who has visiting my blog has mention that my writing sucks or somewhere along those lines. Content, coming up with new content is a struggle sometime which am sure it is for most bloggers.  There are time I just don’t know what to write about. So far my only solution to this is writing a book review or posting my progress in drawing.

How long have you been blogging and why do you blog?